Sierra Leone skipper Umaru ‘Zaingalay’ Bangura’s Belarusian side FC Dinamo Minsk secured their first point in UEFA Europa League Group K as they played out a goalless draw against French side EA Guingamp at their Borisov Arena after two consecutive defeats.
Photo, Bangura in action in their 6-1 defeat to PAOK Saloniki
The centre back that was stretched-off against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in Sierra Leone’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier was not part of the Minsk squad at home against Guingamp.
The former mighty Blackpool defender also missed Minsk’s 2-1 away victory over Dinamo Brest in the Belarus Premier League on Saturday.
Dinamo created their only opportunities of the first half through Franck Dja Djedje but volleyed wide in the 11th minute before Nenad Adamović shot straight at goalkeeper Jonas Lössl 13 minutes later, having spun his marker on the edge of the area.
However, by far the best chance of the match fell to Guingamp substitute Christophe Mandanne, the forward racing onto a quickly taken free-kick with four minutes remaining, only to see his effort strike the post.
There are some positives after Dinamo held on for their first clean sheet of the group stage in a game which they dominated without taking their chances that would have allowed them to bounce back from defeats by PAOK FC and ACF Fiorentina – in which the Belarusian team conceded nine goals.
Meanwhile, they still bottom of their group with only a point from three groups matches. Minsk will be away to their French counterpart next month at the TBD Stadium Roudourou, Guingamp.